Rapid Reaction: Ole Miss sets yardage record, thumps UL-Monroe
It’s only Louisiana-Monroe, but it certainly feels good for Matt Luke’s Ole Miss Rebels to bounce back from last week’s loss to LSU with a win. Ole Miss won big 70-21 on Saturday.
The Rebels set a yardage record, crossing the 800 yards of total offense mark in the fourth quarter.
Ole Miss started strong and never looked back. In the first quarter, QB Jordan Ta’amu went 13-of-14 passing, notching 217 yards as the Rebels jumped out to a 21-0 lead.
The offense kept rolling in the second quarter. All seven Ole Miss first-half possessions ended in touchdowns as the Rebels took a 49-7 lead to the locker room at the break.
The Ole Miss gained 536 yards of offense in the first two quarters, the most in one half by a Rebels squad. Ta’amu was responsible for 437 yards of those yards, an individual performance good enough for ninth-most in a game in Ole Miss history. Ta’amu did not get a chance to improve on those numbers, however, as freshman Matt Corral took over at quarterback on the first possession of the second half.
Corral hit WR D.K. Metcalf for a 30-yard pass play on the opening drive of the third quarter, putting three Ole Miss above the 100-yard mark on the day, a first since 2014. Damarkus Lodge led the way, hauling in nine for 179 yards. A.J. Brown followed with nine catches for 133 yards. D.K. Metcalf only caught four passes, but finished with 115 yards.
And the offense didn’t skip a beat with Corral at signal-caller instead of Ta’amu, taking the scoring streak to the first nine drives, making it 63-7.
Corral and RB Scottie Phillips, each gaining over 70 yards of rushing.
UL-M gained a total of 427 yards, 297 passing and 130 rushing in the losing effort.